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days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be.
New Defender's Study Bible Notes
13:46 shall dwell alone. The practice of quarantining those with dangerous infectious diseases probably originated in Israel. While seemingly cruel to the individual, it was medically necessary for the continued viability of the nation as a whole. Note also Numbers 19:20.